Knockanure Notes — 28th April, 2021

THE PARENTS COUNCIL MURHUR NS: have arranged a Clothing Collection for April 29th. In light of current conditions, bags of unwanted clothes can be dropped into the Marion Hall, Glin Rd at the following dates & times: Saturday 24th April 10:30-12:00pm; Tuesday 27th April 7-8pm. Please do NOT drop bags at times other than those designated above. Bags of unwanted, dry, clean Clothing (all types), Bed Linen (pillow cases, sheets, covers), handbags, shoes can be given – all bagged. Also, the Parents Council have arranged the date of Friday 30th April for the next Split the Bucket Draw! Tickets can still be purchased in Hollys, Noel Stack Butchers & Mike Kennelly’s Hardware! We would like thank all those who have supported to date.

BLESSING OF HOLY WATER: At the weekend Masses, Fr. Kevin will bless water making it Easter Water. Fill your own bottles at home and he will bless them. Those at home can have bottles at the ready as well.

VOCATION SUNDAY: In former years this Sunday was dedicated to praying for Vocations. We need to continue to pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. Vocations Director in the Diocese is Fr. Joe Begley. Email glengarriff

NIARON LTD: ESB Jointing works has commenced just outside Moyvane village on the way to Knockanure and have commenced just outside Moyvane village in the direction of Tarbert

VIRTUAL FLEADH BY THE FEALE: The 25th annual Fleadh by the Feale which was always held on the May Bank Holiday will have to take place virtually this year. See local papers for details.

WEATHER is good, plenty of sunshine and a fresh breeze. Pity some soft leaves and plants were burned during the recent late frost. Early silage is being cut also. Some cattle are still indoors, milking cows are receiving priority on the outside. Land around here still dodgy for cattle, as land is slow to dry.

FAITH it’s a beautiful thing, That little word with the special ring, It’s faith in the things I cannot see, Like knowing my God is always with me, Faith that everything will turn out alright, That my days of darkness will lead into light, Faith that Jesus will take my hand, And guide me through things I don’t understand, That no matter where I roam, far and wide, My God will be there by me side, And until I’m home in Heaven above, I will always know my God’s true love, And until that day He call me home, I will never have to walk alone, To know that someday I’ll hear angels sing Faith, it’s a beautiful thing.

DEATH has taken place of Paddy Carroll a native of Knockanure and living in England. Funeral mass at Knockanure Church on Saturday May 1st 2021 at 12 noon.

DEATH has taken place of Angela Kearney (née Buckley), Main Street, Moyvane and Cahirdown, Listowel, and late of Kilkee on April 22nd, 2021. Predeceased by her parents William and Catherine, sister Anna Lourdes. Survived by her husband Joe, sons Alan and Brian, daughters Lisa and Michelle, grandchildren Aoileann, Dara, Jack, Rachel and Aisling, brothers Christopher and Andrew, sisters Bridie and Beana, sons-in-law Derek and Dan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces.

Requiem Mass being celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, on Monday at 12 noon, live-streamed on , with burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery.

ANNIVERSARIES: Sr. Vivian Nolan, Dan Lenihan, Marie Kennelly, Billy Fitzgerald, Bridger Teresa Carroll, John J Buckley, Jim Fitzgerald, Mickey Walsh, Sheila O’Riordan, Jack Walsh, Sr. Mary Andrew O’Flaherty, John Joe O’Connor, Fr. Pat Moore, Paddy Feury, John O’Connor, Hannah Sheehy, John Horgan. Mass Moyvane; Sat 24th at 7.30pm for Con Carmody, The Village (1st Anni); Sun 25th at 11.00am for Nell Flavin, Trien (Months Mind) & her twin grandnephews Ben & Daniel on their 21st Birthday Remembrance and Anniversary; Mon 26th at 7.30pm a Special Intention – Emigrant family;

Tues 27th at 7.30pm for James Fitzgerald, Lower Aughrim (Anni); Thurs 29th at 7.30pm for Sr. Crisalda, Malta (1st Anni) – prayers & blessings to her loving sister Josephine in Malta and her special friend Maura in Dublin; Fri 30th at 7.30pm for Mai Carr, Birthday Celebration Blessings; Sat 1st at 7.30pm for John O’Connor, Moyvane South (Anni), and Mass on Sun 2nd at 11.00am for Tom O’Flaherty, The Village (Anni) & his nephew Michael Andrew Beazley, Ballybunion.

Mass Knockanure; Sun 25th at 9.30am for Helen & John Joe O’Sullivan, Ardagh & their daughter-in-law Mary O’Sullivan, Athea (Anni), and Mass on Sun 2nd at 9.30am for Pádraig McMahon, Lisaniskea (Anni).

FEAST of St Joseph the worker May 1st. Sundays in May were always traditional days for visits to local Holy Well. Feast of St. Catherine is celebrated on Thursday 29th April. She was a Dominican Sister who worked to bring about peace on the continent in the fourteenth century. She is patron saint of Europe.

CUCKOO was singing early in the morning on 21st April, the dawn chorus is great at this time, birds sing well in evening also. By chance I noticed a house with an Avery in their back yard recently, it contained many species of birds, I am told they love lettuce and apples.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sr. Agnes Fitzgerald a native of Brosna, on being awarded Person of the Month in Limerick, she has spent 39 years working in Cuan Mhuire.

WELCOME; Hello there and welcome to the parish youth group Listowel or PYGL. We are a small (religious group) group of teens that attend/host social events. The group started in September 2019

FR Tom HICKEY: (16 Iúil, 1924 – 12 Aibreán, 2021)

Fuair an tAthair Tomás Ó hIceadha bás ar an Luan, 12 Aibreán, 2021. Bhí sé mar shagart paróiste anseo ó 1989 – 2005 agus bhí sé gníomhach sa pharóiste go dtí gur cailleadh é. Bhí sé ag comhcheiliúradh ag Aifreann Dhomhnach Cásca ar an 4 Aibreán i mbliana. Ghlac sé páirt i searmanais na Cásca leis. Is féidir le daoine féachaint ar na searmanais seo agus aifreann na sochraide ar

ACCORD TRALEE is open for face-to-face counselling for couples and individuals to explore, reflect upon and work to resolve difficulties that arise in their marriage and relationships. Phone 066 7122280.

FULL Moon 27 April- will be visible throughout the night sky rising at sunset in the east and setting with the sunrise the next morning. Moon Distance: 363,526.30 km.

SHANNONSIDE WOMEN’S GROUP – will hold a clothes collection on Thursday 13th May.

PIETA HOUSE are encouraging people to register online and get up at Sunrise on May 8th to walk, run, cycle, swim or do some activity in support of Pieta House. Visit for more details. ON Friday April 30, Fedamore natives Padraig Kelleher, Shane Fitzgerald, Alan Shire and Paul Kiely will cycle to all 65 GAA clubs in Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend covering over 530km in aid of Pieta House.

COURSE: Kerry College course to explore if working in IT is for them. Details from 066 714 96 96, or contact info

ACTIVE RETIRED; We are inviting expressions of interest from all Active Retired Groups to host an event/ activity for older members of your community during the month of May. All event organisers must ensure that their event is on-line, or alternatively events must be adhering to the public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.

STAFF at Trinity College Dublin earning over €300,000 per year more than doubled last year to 13.

PLANNING has been granted to IDA for an €11m advanced manufacturing building at Raheen Industrial Estate, Limerick.

SPORT Ireland are to give €443,356 to Limerick Sports Partnership to increase levels of participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls and women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and people in disadvantaged communities.

€9.5 million has been approved for 29 Local Sports Partnerships.

SILAGE: Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine has building specifications relating to silage storage – see or

KERRY Council Lorries; two Scania lorries have clocked over 1 million km each.

CLIMATE: Deputy Healy-Rae claims the Climate Action Bill will reduce the national herd by 50%, we only account for 0.1% of global carbon emissions. Irish tourism industry will be hit by carbon charges on flights. He wants included in Bill, zero VAT on insulation materials for homes and making public transport free in some areas.

SIAMSA: For full details of the spring and summer programmes and to book your online events visit

EURO 2020 fixtures; the Irish government have been unable to guarantee the attendance of spectators. Now the three Group E games featuring Slovakia, Sweden and Poland have moved to Saint Petersburg.

FINES: At last month’s Newcastle West Joint Policing Committee meeting Cllr Galvin read out a motion calling on the Minister for Justice to enact legislation to put the onus on parents of children under 16 who are gathering / loitering in public areas and engaging in antisocial behaviour to be responsible for their children. Cllr Tom Ruddle seconded Cllr Galvin’s motion. Cllr John Sheahan said “we can pass motions but if our national legislator doesn’t take it up, we are going nowhere”.

Cllr Sheahan also noted that there are an awful lot of children and young people who have been “exemplary” during the Covid-19 pandemic when their “lives have been turned upside down and they should not be forgotten in the middle of all this”. Cllr Jerome Scanlan said that if respect isn’t nurtured in the home it is very hard to develop it. He proposed that councillors write to all three local TDs about the issues on the ground in the Newcastle West municipal district. (From Limerick Leader 16 April 2021).

GUARDS: “What we are going to do is we are going to deploy some additional resources one day a week to go and visit villages and towns throughout County Limerick to make gardai more accessible to the people of those areas,” says Insp Lacey.

MEDICINES: News report about over prescribing on media last week, people who live by the river, are familiar with the amount of tablet containers being dumped. Many feel they have to encourage their doctor to prescribe medicine in order to claim welfare money, there is no check are they using the medicine for themselves or what they do with it.

BRYAN MCMAHON: Kerry Writers’ Museum an online lecture about Listowel writer Bryan MacMahon on Thursday, April 22, at 7.30pm – as part of its ongoing series of online lectures about Kerry writers – entitled ‘Bryan MacMahon: Master, Storyman and Friend’.

The illustrated presentation delivered by a Listowel native and lifelong friend of Bryan’s, Éamon Ó Murchú.

“I have been greatly privileged that, in my journey through life, I have had, as a guide, ‘the Master’, my friend Bryan MacMahon,” Éamon said ahead of the event.

“He provided me with a unique, life-long education as teacher and friend.”

Born in Listowel in 1909, Bryan MacMahon was a folklorist; short-story writer; poet; playwright and producer of plays; novelist, lecturer and ballad-maker.

He also wrote for pageants, radio features, and television scripts.

His first play, The Bugle in the Blood, was produced in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1949. His 1952 novel, Children of The Rainbow, was published in Britain, the United States and Canada. Bryan is remembered fondly in Listowel as The Master, having served as teacher and later Principal at Scoil Réalta na Maidine or the Boys’ Primary School, where he started his education as a pupil.

In his lecture, Éamon will comment on the life and times of Bryan MacMahon; his warm personality; the philosophy of life that permeated his teaching and writing; his many talents; and his lifelong contribution to his hometown of Listowel.

The lecture delivered live on Zoom. However, we will be live streaming the lecture on our YouTube channel which can be viewed at the following link:

To get a free registration link, one can e-mail kerrywritersmuseum.

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